Video Game Art


Learn how to make pixel art that is creative, technically sound, and ready to be used in a video game. We will provide a working game for your art to be inserted into, so you will have a great demo for your portfolio at the end of the week!

9 - 15
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Pixel Editor, Tilemap Editor
Digital Media
5 days, 3 hrs/day
Ages 9 - 15
Level Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Technology Pixel Editor, Tilemap Editor
Theme Digital Media
Length 5 days
3 hrs/day
Price $349

What Kids Will Learn and Do

  • Use a pixel art editor to create characters, objects, and backgrounds
  • Learn specific pixel art techniques for lines, shading, depth, and color selection
  • Understand character animation and poses
  • Learn how to export your creations in standard formats such as spritesheets and tilesets
  • Design a comprehensive set of characters, objects, and backgrounds to be loaded into a working video game (No coding required, videogame will be provided)

This camp can be a good complement to the Unity Video Game Coding camp if desired.

Summer 2020 Chicago Schedule

Jul 6 - Jul 10
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Jul 20 - Jul 24
9:00am - 12:00pm
Aug 3 - Aug 7
12:30pm - 3:30pm

How Time is Structured

Camps are 3 hours long, and we give brains and bodies a chance to recharge with a 20 minute outdoor break. This may include walks around the neighborhood, social 'hang-out' time at a green space, or casual games such as frisbee or basketball at our nearby park

Class Size & Instructors

Camps are capped at 10 students, and will have a 5:1 ratio or better at this age group.

Our instructors are adults who are studying or have completed post-secondary education. We hire talented high school students as teaching assistants and to provide near-peer interactions.

Hardware, Accounts & Materials

Computers and all required tools are provided.

All the software we use in this class have a free tier available and can continue to be used at home after camp.

Swim & Sports Add-On (12:00-3:30pm)

Price: $250 per week

For the perfect mix of exercising mind and body, we are pleased to offer the option to add a half day of swimming and sports to any morning camp. This program is only open to Power Up students who are participating in our morning camps.

The swimming and sports will be led by a professional and experienced coach, and will focus on keeping the kids active and having fun. Activities will vary each day, and may include a mix of "real" sports and fun outdoor games. There will not be a training program for any particular sport.

Activities will take place at Hamlin Park, and will include swim time each day, weather permitting. Dry activities will be accommodated for kids who do not wish to swim.

Kids in this program should bring a lunch. They will have a lunch break with some free time on the playground before the sports program starts.

After care Add-on (3:30-5:00pm)

Price: $15 per day

For families who need a longer day, we will be offering aftercare by the day throughout the summer.

Aftercare will take place outdoors in Hamlin Park, and you may pick up your child at any time during the window.

Students will be supervised by a member of the Power Up team, who may not be your child's daytime instructor.

Aftercare must be booked 24 hours in advance. Parents who are late picking up their child will be subject to a $40 late pick up fee.

Refunds & Price Adjustments

If you register in error, we have a 24 hour, no-fee cancellation policy. Just call us or email us within 24 hours and we will take care of it.

After that, you can receive a refund, less a $50 admin fee, up until 14 days before the camp starts.

There are no refunds within 14 days of camp start.

We offer a sibling discount for 2 children from the same family registered in the same program. The sibling discount is 10% and the code is SIBLING.

There is an Early Bird Discount of 10% on all registrations up to March 31. The discount will be applied automatically.

We do not offer price adjustments for missed days. Please select a week that works for your schedule.

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